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5 January 1945 (USA) See more »
Both living a secret...each afraid to tell!
A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness blossoms into romance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Mary Marshall

Joseph Cotten ... Zachary Morgan

Shirley Temple ... Barbara Marshall

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Marshall
Tom Tully ... Mr. Marshall

John Derek ... Lt. Bruce (as Dare Harris)

Chill Wills ... Swanson
Kenny Bowers ... Sailor on Train
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Sidewalk Cowboy (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Train Vendor (replaced by Olin Howland) (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Mother of Boys (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Counterman at Train Station (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... New Year's Eve Partygoer (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Pine Hills YMCA Hotel Attendant (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Franklin - Boy with Toy Machine Gun (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Charlie Hartman (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Sailor in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
Louanne Hogan ... Singer at Party (singing title song) (voice) (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Train Vendor (uncredited)
John James ... Paratrooper on Train (uncredited)
Earl Johnson ... Dog Owner (uncredited)
Mickey Laughlin ... Boy Outside Theatre (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... New Year's Eve Partygoer (uncredited)
Bob Meredith ... Soldier-Father on Train (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Floorwalker in Women's Shop (uncredited)
Dorothy Stone ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... New Yea'rs Eve Partygoer (uncredited)
Hank Tobias ... Boy Outside Theatre (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
George Cukor (uncredited)
Writing credits
Charles Martin (play)

Marion Parsonnet 

Produced by
Dore Schary .... producer
David O. Selznick .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler 
Holbrook N. Todd (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Mark-Lee Kirk (settings) (as Mark Lee Kirk)
Makeup Department
William Riddle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Art Department
Emile Kuri .... interior decorator
Earl Wooden .... interior decorator (as Earl B. Wooden)
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... recorder
Arthur Johns .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt double: Joseph Cotten (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Meade .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumes: Miss Rogers
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Elmer Raguse .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Ann Harris .... research director (uncredited)
Lou Lusty .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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When Joesph Cotton asks Ginger Rogers what she does for a living, she tells him she's a traveling saleslady. 11 years after this came out, she starred in the movie "The First Traveling Saleslady"See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Mary tells the taxi driver the address is 617 North Elm Street, but on the phone she tells Zach the address is 617 Elm Street.See more »
Mary Marshall:[coming out of a theater showing a war movie] Is the war really like that?
Zachary Morgan:I guess so.
Mary Marshall:That's funny.
Zachary Morgan:Why?
Mary Marshall:I mean that you should only guess so.
Zachary Morgan:Well, they have experts making those pictures. I guess that's the way they see the war. A beach a mile long, and thousands of soldiers, and tanks, and machine guns and everything. I guess that's the way it is.
Mary Marshall:But it wasn't that way for you, huh?
Zachary Morgan:It's just a difference in size. To a guy that's in it, the war's about ten feet wide, and kind of empty. It's you and a couple of fellows in your company, maybe, and maybe a couple of Japs. It's all kind of mixed up. Sometimes it's all full of noise, and sometimes it's quiet. It all depends on what you're thinking about, I guess. It depends on how scared you are, how cold you are, and how wet you are. I guess if you asked a hundred guys what the war's like, they'd all give you a different answer. Mary. You know what?
Mary Marshall:What?
Zachary Morgan:I mean, usually you don't like to talk about it. I never said anything about it before, not to anybody.
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A sentimental favorite of mine, 14 April 2013
Author: calvinnme from United States

I'll Be Seeing You captures the loneliness of two people who - besides their own serious problems - just don't fit into the bustling wartime image we often see of America in film during that time.The opening scene is in a busy train station. We quickly focus in on two travelers. She (Ginger Rogers as Mary Marshall) is uncomfortable when she tries first to buy a stick of gum and then a chocolate bar and is rebuffed by the sales clerk as though she had been asking to buy gold bullion at a five and dime. He (Joseph Cotten as Zachary Morgan) is uncomfortable because he wants to buy reading material and all that is available is full of news about the war and images that you can tell make him squeamish.

Zach is suffering from what would be called PTSD today due to battle fatigue, and he's ashamed of that fact, afraid of winding up like the shell-shocked WWI soldier he knew as a boy.

Mary is a convict out on Christmas furlough, although what she is serving time for will probably be a shock to modern sensibilities - I know it was for me. She is also ashamed - understandably perhaps for being a convict, not so understandably for what she did to become one. I'll let you watch the movie and see what I'm talking about here.

Against this backdrop of people who feel badly for the positions they are in due to social mores of the 1940's - soldiers are always brave and good girls never get themselves into the position Mary got herself into, these two lonely people find each other and connect. At first Zach lies to Mary about his situation, but then tells her the truth. Mary chooses to keep the truth from Zach, partly because she loves him and doesn't want to lose him, but mainly because her company is making him well - he says her self-confidence is giving him confidence - and she doesn't want to set back his recovery.

Mary is staying with her aunt, uncle, and cousin during the holidays, and this warm family setting has both of them healing just a bit. Shirley Temple plays the cousin that is too young to know why Mary is in prison or wear lipstick according to her parents, but is apparently old enough to go out unchaperoned with a Lieutenant on leave who is probably five years older than she! Spring Byington plays the aunt who is supportive overall but still drops phrases from time to time that leave you wondering about the overall wisdom of her advise. For example, she keeps telling Mary to settle for second best and pretend it's first best - that's what she did!. Rather wacky advice by today's standards, but maybe mainstream feelings for people who married during the roaring twenties, and then raised a family during the depression and world war.

I highly recommend this sentimental favorite of mine. I'm rather surprised it hasn't become more of a Christmas standard, because even though in many ways it is a unique snapshot in time, the story of two lonely people finding each other in a world that would probably judge them severely if they were open about their problems is universal.

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